Fan Caves of Northern Michigan: Dave Baker of Clare

MISportsNow is traveling throughout northern Michigan this summer in search of the best fan caves. This is the sixth episode in the weekly series.

CLARE – Dave Baker points to his father’s own fan cave and bar as the inspiration for his “Bake Cave.”

A collector of just about anything Michigan professional sports related, Baker counts former Detroit Red Wing and Stanley Cup winner Darren McCarty as a friend. Baker’s fan cave even includes a dart that once belonged to McCarty.

“My wife says I collect everything. I collect all kinds of stuff,” Baker said. “My dad growing up had a man cave in his basement. A really nice bar. And he collects signs. He gave me that Busch one up there. That came from a local bar. It’s an old one. He started collecting stuff, and I thought man I’d like to have something like that someday.”